Residue-specific information about the dynamics of antimicrobial peptides from1H-15N and2H solid-state NMR spectroscopy

Kresten Bertelsen, Berit Paaske, Lea Thøgersen, Emad Tajkhorshid, Birgit Schiøtt, Troels Skrydstrup, Niels Chr Nielsen, Thomas Vosegaard

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We present a new method to obtain information about the conformational dynamics of membrane-proteins using solid-state NMR experiments of oriented samples. By measuring the orientation-dependent 1H-15N dipole-dipole coupling, 15N anisotropic chemical shift, and 2H quadrupole coupling parameters for a single residue, it is possible to obtain information about the local dynamics of each residue in the protein. This may be interpreted on an individual basis or through models extended to study conformational motion of membrane-protein segments. The method is demonstrated for the antimicrobial peptaibol alamethicin for which combined analysis of anisotropic interactions for the Aib8 residue provides detailed information about helix-tilt angle, wobbling, and oscillatory rotation around the helix axis in the membrane bound state. This information is in very good agreement with coarse-grained MD simulations of the peptide in lipid bilayers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18335-18342
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number51
StatePublished - Dec 30 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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